Revitalize your skin: The surprising benefits of caffeine

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Have you ever thought about how caffeine can be good for your skin? Caffeine is not only good for awakening the brain, energizing the body and delighting the senses, it also has many benefits for your skin.
This super ingredient has gained popularity in various kinds of skincare products (we are talking about creams, serums, masks, and scrubs) for several reasons. When applied topically, caffeine can work wonders.

First thing first… what is caffeine exactly and where does it come from?

Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in various plants, including coffee beans, tea leaves, and cacao pods. Chemically known as trimethylxanthine, caffeine belongs to a class of compounds called xanthines.
It acts on the central nervous system to temporarily ward off drowsiness and restore alertness, making it a popular ingredient in beverages like coffee, tea, and energy drinks. 

In skin care, caffeine is highly valued for its wide range of benefits and its adaptability. Let's look at caffeine's skin health benefits and how to incorporate it into your routine.

7 Surprising Benefits of Caffeine

  1. Reduces inflammation

It constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow, helping to reduce redness and swelling.  Caffeine also possesses antioxidant properties that protect skin cells from damage by free radicals. Additionally, caffeine inhibits phosphodiesterase, an enzyme that promotes inflammation, thereby reducing inflammatory responses. Its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects make caffeine a very beneficial ingredient in skincare products.

  1. Improves Circulation

Caffeine improves circulation by stimulating blood flow and increasing microcirculation throughout the skin. As mentioned above, when applied topically, caffeine acts as a vasoconstrictor, temporarily narrowing and constricting blood vessels. This initial constriction is followed by vasodilation, where the blood vessels dilate, promoting increased blood flow. Increased circulation helps deliver more oxygen and nutrients to skin cells, while aiding in the removal of toxins and waste products. This process rejuvenates the skin, giving it a healthier, more radiant appearance and reducing signs of fatigue. Improved circulation also supports collagen production, contributing to firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

  1. Reduces Puffiness

Caffeine reduces puffiness by constricting blood vessels and increasing microcirculation, which reduces fluid accumulation and swelling in the skin. This vasoconstrictive property helps reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and general facial puffiness. In addition, caffeine's anti-inflammatory properties help calm and soothe irritated skin, further reducing puffiness.

No wonder we decided to make it the star ingredient in our eye cream to restore a youthful, vibrant look.

  1. Antioxidant Properties

The antioxidant properties of caffeine come from its ability to neutralize free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage skin cells and accelerate the aging process. By targeting these free radicals, caffeine helps protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by environmental factors such as UV rays and pollution. This protection helps prevent fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.
In addition, caffeine boosts the effectiveness of other antioxidants, strengthening the skin's overall defense mechanism. 

  1. Tightens and Firms the Skin

Caffeine also promotes the breakdown of fats stored in cells, which can further reduce skin puffiness and improve firmness. Enhanced circulation from caffeine application delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the skin, boosting collagen production and maintaining skin elasticity, resulting in a smoother and firmer complexion.


  1. Reduced Dark Circles: 

Its vasoconstrictive properties help minimize the pooling of blood that causes a dark, shadowy appearance. At the same time, its ability to reduce inflammation helps diminish dark circles and promotes even skin tone.

In addition, caffeine's antioxidant properties protect the delicate skin around the eyes from free radical damage that can exacerbate discoloration.

Knowing all the benefits that this marvel brings to your skin, especially the undereye area, we created Coffee Break with 1% of Caffeine, Squalene and Panthenol. This eye cream will make you bounce out of bed looking refreshed, awake, smooth and radiant.

  1.  Exfoliation

Last but not least, you can use the ground coffee beans to exfoliate your body. Place them in a cup with some coconut oil, mix well and rub. Besides all the benefits mentioned before, your skin will also appear smoother and more radiant as a result of stimulating cell turnover and removing dead skin cells. 

#JessBeautyTip: Be careful with grounded coffee beans in your face! Especially if you have sensitive skin. It's always better to consult a dermatologist first.


So, How to Incorporate Coffee Into Your Skincare 

Add Coffee Break Eye Cream into your morning and night routine. Its caffeine, squalane and panthenol combined with other ingredientes such as hyaluronic acid, retinol, bakuchiol, green tea and centella asiatica will maximize the benefits on your face.

Let’s take a look at our Sleeping Beauty Kit, which involves four easy steps to wake up your inner queen. 

  1. First of all, massage your face Face Reset Cleanser, a gentle cleanser enriched with hyaluronic acid, coconut and squalane that protects and hydrates your skin barrier.

  2. Now apply Coffee Break Eye Cream, take a pea size amount on your finger and apply with a gentle tap from the inner corner of your eye outwards.

    PS: We may not have said it before, but this eye cream was inspired by the latest demand of K-beauty: a bouncy, light texture and deep hydration.

Our lab in Korea has taken special care in its formulation to make it unique and easy to melt into the skin.

  1. It’s time to rejuvenate the other parts of your complexion, apply Age Rewind Retinol Serum, a gentle blend of ingredients (retinol, bakuchiol and centella asiatica) that work in harmony to provide nourishment and hydration, leaving your skin smoother, brighter, and more youthful.

  2. Final step! Post-workout Gel Mask to nourish, moisturize, calm and illuminate even more your skin. Infused with potent polyphenols, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) minimizes the signs of sun damage, including hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and fine lines, giving a radiant and youthful complexion.

Post workout also contains centella asiatica, aloe, turmeric and carrot extract, so imagine how refreshing, nourishing and antiinflammatory it is to your face. Spoiler alert: A LOT! 

Discover the endless power of caffeine and other natural, vegan, GMO-free ingredients that are part of the fabulous world of Jess Beauty.

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